examplepdf wrote:Randomly, I had a very vivid dream last night I visited Michigan and it was PARADISE. Now I'm even more bummed I'm not visiting this week. Plane tickets are just too expensive and I'm pretty sure I'll end up at Columbia/NYU, but I have this nagging feeling I should at least visit Mich... I have a soft spot for them. I'm going to GULC's admitted students program instead but it's totally not going to be as fun.
funny Georgetown is brought up. I spoke to a partner at one of the top 5 vault biglaw firms today and, despite the fact that he works in DC, he said GULC is not a national school and a top Michigan grad would be more competitive in DC (and, obviously, nationally) than a top GULC student due to school reputation. He said Harvard 1, Yale 2, then Chi/NYU/Columbia/Michigan/Stanford 3.
Was he a Michigan alum? Seriously, though, that's cool to hear that people regard Michigan so well.
I'm so glad I went to the preview weekend. I was really agonizing over the sticker shock and thinking there's no way it'd be worth it. But having gotten the chance to see the school and talk to current students and hear about their job opportunities and realizing it really does have a solid reputation, I feel far more at ease about the debt. Still don't know how I feel about the weather... which seems worse than punching oneself in the face repeatedly for six months of the year.
I definitely don't think anyone who has worked in law in DC thinks Georgetown is as good for DC job placement as most of the other schools ranked above it. Reputation not as good (still very good, but comparatively weaker), and HUGE class size = not digging nearly as deep into the class.
Re: the weather, I think Mich gets such a bad rap for this, when its weather is not significantly worse than the other top schools in the northeast and midwest (and that's a LOT of them). As a southerner, I'm telling you, for three years, you'll be fine. There will be some cold yucky days, but there will also be a lot of beautiful, crisp fall days or gorgeous, warm late spring, summer, early fall days. And even the first part of winter is really nice, when the snow is fresh and the holidays are coming. This winter in particular was so mild... actually milder than the DC winter (though I'm def not arguing that's typical).